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27 March 2017
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The mystery of the Mansbridge pump PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 November 2016 10:35

mansbridge pump 200px LWGil Shelley writes to ask if any readers know who is responsible for this large blue diesel pump on the towpath by the river at Mansbridge, and why it’s there?

 

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Mr Shelley initially observed that the pump, which is the size of small van, seemed to be “chucking out diesel fumes 24/7 despite pumping fresh air rather than water”, but after another visit said that “it is pumping water just from one drain to another, the implication being that it is passing an underground blockage”.

He says the Environment Agency, Southern Water and the council have all told him that the pump, which appears to be owned by a hire company in Fareham, is nothing to do with them.

He’s contacted the company to see if they will explain more.


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+1 #1 Me, Here, Now 2016-11-04 18:25
Been past this many times. I had assumed that it was put there by the Council or Environment Agency as an incredibly ineffective and inefficient way of stopping the build-up of water that then floods across the path after heavy rain - the pump seemed to appear just after the path flooded two(?) years ago. As Mr Shelley observed, it does seem to spend much of its time pumping air and chucking out diesel fumes.
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+1 #2 Gil. Shelley 2016-11-12 09:05
The hire company have now confirmed that the pump is on long term hire to a company sub contracted to and working on behalf of Southern water. They would not release the name of the company but did say that the pump is aiding or diverting water to assist occasional flood relief possibly to by pass an underground blockage. The pump is designed to pump both water and air so runs continuously and is filled with diesel twice a week. It would appear that Southern water are dragging there heels in fixing the original problem as the pump has been on hire for a very long time. The water diversion from the pump to the drain in the field is roughly 50-75 yards. I have contacted southern water again and await a response.
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+3 #3 mjg 2016-11-18 14:05
It’s hard to believe that after all this time the cost of hiring this dirty, noisy, pump has not exceeded that of clearing the drains. The pump must have been in place for the best part of 2 years, all for the occasional time the path floods. The irony is that on the odd occasion when we have had heavy rain, the pump has not coped anyway. It would be nice to hear something from Southern Water on their long-term plans—keep burning carbon!
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+1 #4 Gil. Shelley 2016-11-20 15:46
Southern water have confirmed that they are responsible for the pump and intended works. I am told that they will get back to me with a full explanation as to why knowledge was denied initially, together with a schedule and timetable for completion of the proposed works which should see the removal of the pump by Christmas. I should hear no later than the 25th November. Watch this space.
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0 #5 Me, Here, Now 2016-12-14 16:10
Quoting Gil. Shelley:
Southern water have confirmed that they are responsible for the pump and intended works. I am told that they will get back to me with a full explanation as to why knowledge was denied initially, together with a schedule and timetable for completion of the proposed works which should see the removal of the pump by Christmas. I should hear no later than the 25th November. Watch this space.


Came past this morning and a pair of diggers and some mesh safety barriers have just arrived on site.
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+1 #6 Me, Here, Now 2017-02-13 20:55
The pump has now gone.
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